Thursday, December 18, 2008


I used a terrific recipe from the blog Only Sometimes Clever to make my gingerbread houses this year. course, I adapted it and instead of using the suggested flours I used 9 cups of whatever leftover flours I happened to have around. A gingerbread house is a good way to use up your leftover flours so you can start the New Year with fresh flour. Like Only Sometimes Clever, I used Bob Villa's Home Again colonial pattern. This large batch of dough made both houses pictured. My daughter made a little hot tub in the front yard which her playmobile figures enjoyed. Also, Rice Chex cereal--which is now gluten free--makes a great fence for a hot tub or a pool. And gluten free Starbursts make a great clay--one creative decorator made a snowman and another made a mailbox. The fun never ends! (Click on the picture of the house above to see the details.)

GFCF Gingerbread

Makes 2 gingerbread houses--one McMansion and one modest house.

  • 9 cups leftover flour (a mix of rice, tapioca, potato starch, sorghum etc.)
  • 2 Tbsp xanthan gum
  • 3 Tbsp baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp potato flour (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp ground allspice
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups spectrum shortening
  • 1 cup eggs (about 4/5 eggs)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp dark molasses
  • 1 Tbsp salt
1.preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. combine flour, spices, baking powder, xanthum gum and spices. set aside.
3. cream sugars & shortening together.
4. add eggs and beat until creamy.
5. add molasses and salt
6.add flour mix one cup at a time to creamed butter/sugar mixture using a wooden spoon.
7. knead dough at end to incorporate all flour.
8 divide in six pieces and roll out to 1/4 inch thick.
9. cut into shaped cookies and bake for 16-19 minutes or cut into a gingerbread house.

Thank you Only Sometimes Clever for your detailed recipe and the links to Bob Villa's pattern!


Territory Mom said...

I love it. What a great job. Thanks for the recipe.

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Our Family Is His said...

You guys have talent. My houses always fall in and never stand. What did you use for the little round candies that look like Reece's Pieces?

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Tamara said...

I am in awe....even when we could eat gluten, AND I bought the ready made kit, my houses still fell apart, lol. This is the one thing that I'm still intimidated to try gluten free, but maybe this will be the year. The houses (and kids!) are adorable.

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gfcfmom said...

It's my second year making a GFCF gingerbread houses. Plus, at my kids preschool they have a benefit where they decorate a dozen gingerbread houses and auction them off. I have been working on that for the last four years so I have gotten pretty good at the decorating thing. AND I WENT TO COOKING SCHOOL AND WORKED IN PASTRY IN RESTAURANTS SO I DO HAVE SOME FORMAL TRAINING! Our Family is His..we used SKITTLES for the little round candies.

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Tamara said...

Okay, I do feel a bit better! My kids got a kick out of the playmobile characters in the hot tub, that is just too cute.

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